Thank you to everyone who submitted a Holiday Wishes success story. All of your stories were amazing, and we are thankful that there are so many organizations helping the animals who need us throughout the year.
We were overwhelmed by the response to this campaign and the 4,500 incredible applications we received, prompting us to increase the total grant money awarded from $250,000 to $500,000. All of these well-deserving groups, as well as our soon-to-be-announced $100,000 grand prize winner, will now receive grants just in time to make their holiday wishes to save more lives come true this year.
Congratulations to the following runner-up winners of the Petco Foundation's Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign!
Winners were chosen based on the quality of the organization's overall work and the impact of their top success story. The runner-up grants include:
|$50,000 Grant Awards|
|COMMUNITY ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY
Salt Lake City, UT
Phoenix, a 9 week old kitten was plucked from the ashes of a devastating fire still alive! Suffering from burnt paws, he was nursed back to health. He has risen beyond this shaky beginning to live happily in a loving forever home where he enjoys playing fetch and drowning his toys in his water dish.
|SAINT FRANCES ANIMAL CENTER
|This is a story of Hope...
Hope... a stray brindle pup roamed around Georgetown SC, all alone. Homeless and hungry, she depended on the kindness of strangers like the local high school baseball team. Unable to catch her, they left food for her under the bleachers where she came to watch them play. One day, the boys arrived on the field and their favorite mascot was brutally stabbed in the back. The team brought her to SFAC for care, and then rallied around Hope throwing fundraisers and visiting her weekly. Ready for adoption, Hope came to visit the team at the baseball field, and that is when the Coach told them the news -- he adopted Hope. Hope now attends every game in the bleachers, not under them.
|$25,000 Grant Awards|
|MOHAWK & HUDSON RIVER HUMANE SOCIETY, INC
|The Railroad Puppies
Malnourished, dehydrated and severely abused, their paws likely intentionally crushed by a hammer, the railroad puppies were found on the tracks by railroad workers. The Humane Society's staff worked to save these pups, and the entire community rallied to pay for their care. Pearl had orthopedic surgery to repair her bones but is now happy and healthy. Hudson, now on his fifth prosthetic paw, is doing quite well as a 'bionic pup,' and has become a bit of a celebrity in the Capital Region of New York.
|HUMANE SOCIETY OF REDMOND
|A Will to Live
Chance has survived being dragged by a car, sweltering heat, multiple surgeries, and a stopped heart. He certainly has the will to live and now that will will focus on finding a new wonderful home for the holidays. Stayed tuned to our Facebook page to see a video of Chance's recovery.
|THE CLEVELAND ANIMAL PROTECTIVE LEAGUE
|Lurlene and Noland
Noland was a tiny one day old pit bull puppy who had lost his mother and all his siblings. Lurlene was a momma cat with a litter of one day old kittens. It was a match made in heaven as Lurlene took Noland on as one of her own through the first weeks of his life.
|SAN ANTONIO PETS ALIVE!
San Antonio, TX
|Eight Legs and Four Wheels Make a Home: Two Paralyzed Survivors Help Save Each Other
Chance was hit by a car and left to die. However his story didn't end there. With a severed spinal cord, Chance needed to learn to use a wheel chair. By "chance", a young man in a wheelchair was looking for a companion. He chose Chance because they "understand one another".
|RICHMOND ANIMAL LEAGUE
|Frank the Miracle Puppy
Frank was a tiny puppy diagnosed with hydrocephalous, a condition that caused an enlarged head and might keep his skull from ever closing up. After many months, Frank found the perfect new mom, a nurse who works with children and adults with hydrocephalus. Frank happily trots around the hospital, letting kids know that everything will be ok.
|$10,000 Grant Awards|
|ANIMAL REFUGEE RESPONSE||A Dog Named King|
|FRIENDS OF DEKALB ANIMALS INC||Xena Pays it Forward|
|HUMANE SOCIETY/SPCA OF NELSON COUNTY INC||From Hell to Heaven - Jake's story|
|TERRE HAUTE HUMANE SOCIETY, INC||Dog's Inseparable Love Demonstrates Humanlike Qualities|
|NATIONAL MILL DOG RESCUE||Life Under A Board|
|WRIGHT WAY RESCUE, INC||Roscoe's Adoption - The Silver Lining|
|TAIL WAGGER'S 1990||For The Love of Hope|
|CRASH'S LANDING INC||Squirt's Stunning Rescue|
|CARING HANDS HUMANE SOCIETY||Fostering a Life Long Connection|
|HUMANE SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST IOWA||A Second Unchained Chance for Jake|
|$5,000 Grant Awards|
|LAST HOPE ANIMAL RESCUE, INC||Bo-Man, A Boy's Best Friend|
|PAL RESCUE & ADOPTION INC||Hachi - A Survivor's Story|
|ANIMAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION||Feline Flu is Fortuitous For Charlie... A heart-warming story of loss, impoundment and a man's dedication|
|GREENVILLE COUNTY ANIMAL CARE||Rescuing Roxi|
|PHILADELPHIA ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY (PAWS)||Melly - rescued by PAWS, now helping military vets|
|HANCOCK COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER FOUNDATION, INC||The Circle of Love|
|REZQ DOGS||Ginger's Journey|
|SOUTH COUNTY CATS||Blind Petco Shelf Kitten's Holiday Wishes|
|MADDIE & FRIENDS INC||Big Love for Big Mac|
|SECOND CHANCE THOROUGHBREDS INC||A Small Colt Makes A Big Impact|
|HELEN SANDERS CAT PROTECTION AND WELFARE SOCIETY||Wyatt's Story|
|CHAKO PIT BULL RESCUE||Spunky the crooked legged dog|
|CITY OF BURBANK ANIMAL SHELTER||From Hopeless to Home|
|LIFELINE ANIMAL PROJECT, INC||A LifeLine for Cliff|
|PROVERBS 12:10 ANIMAL RESCUE & ADOPTION, INC||Precious Pokey|